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This is the parsonage where King lived with his family during his years as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. On January 30, 1956, during the Montgomery bus boycott, a bomb damaged the front porch of the parsonage. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, and their daughter, Yolanda King, were both inside but were not injured by the bomb.
The church, now called Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, was established in 1877. King served as its pastor from 1954 to 1959. On December 2, 1955, black residents of Montgomery met in the church's basement and decided to launch the bus boycott. A decade later, King and thousands of voting rights marchers passed in front of the church on their way to the state capitol.
Photos by Dr. Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Ronnie Lott Director, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University
Captions and text by Dr. Clayborne Carson and Cole Manley, Research Assistant, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Edited by Coral Abbott, Tenisha Armstrong, David Lai, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford